• Halloween Treats

    Posted on October 30, 2015 by in Blog

    by Cassandra Johnson

    With Halloween right around the corner, it’s impossible to not think about a few festive treats.

    What will you be making to celebrate? If you’re looking for some new ideas for a scary snack, or a sweet treat, check out the Colby Jack-O-Lanterns, Boo-nanas and Pumpkin-tines, and Darkly Delicious Apples.

    Will you be expecting trick-or-treaters this year? If so, consider a few of these options instead of traditional Halloween candy: granola bars, animal crackers, gold fish crackers, trail mix, applesauce or fruit cups.

    Happy Halloween!

    Colby Jack O’Lanterns

    (by Brianna Steinhilber, and modified by Cassandra Johnson)

    Makes: 4 jack-o-lantern grilled cheese sandwiches

    You’ll need:

    • 4 sandwich thins*
    • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    • 1 block of Colby Jack cheese (or shredded cheese, about 8 ounces shredded)

    *If you don’t have sandwich thins, you can use sandwich bread. Use a round bowl (or very large mug) to cut the sandwich bread into a round shape. Hearty bread, like 100% whole wheat, will be more firm and easier to cut into a round shape.


    Oven Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Shred the cheese, or slice thinly.
    3. Split four sandwich thins in half (so you have 8 slices) and butter one side of each of the 8 slices.
    4. Lay sandwich thin butter side down on a baking sheet. Cut out jack-o-lantern faces on 4 slices.
    5. Layer Colby Jack cheese on the other 4 slices.
    6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
    7. Remove and place jack o-lantern faces on top of the sandwiches.

    Stovetop Directions:

    1. Pre-heat a griddle pan, or a non-stick skillet on the stovetop.
    2. Cut out jack-o-lantern faces into 4 of the sandwich thins.
    3. Butter one side of 4 jack-o-lantern face slices, and lay the butter side down to brown.
    4. Once the bread is browned, remove from the pan and let cool.
    5. Butter one side of the other 4 slices (these slices are not cut into faces), and lay the butter side down to brown on the pan.
    6. Layer shredded Colby Jack cheese on each of the 4 slices browning on the skillet.
    7. Cover each piece with the 4 jack-o-lantern face slices.
    8. Place the browned side face up.
    9. The sandwiches are ready to serve once the cheese has melted.

    Boonanas and Pumpkintines

    (by Brianna Steinhilber, modified by Cassandra Johnson)

    Makes: 8 ghost bananas and 4 clementine pumpkins
    You’ll need:

    • 4 clementines*
    • 1 permanent marker
    • 4 bananas
    • Mini chocolate chips*
    • Regular-sized chocolate chips*

    Directions: Give your kids unpeeled clementines and let your little monsters get creative by drawing on pumpkin faces. Meanwhile, peel bananas and cut them in half crosswise. Have your kids press two mini chocolate chips into the side of the banana for eyes and a regular-size chocolate chip for a ghost mouth.

    *If you don’t have clementines for the pumpkins, you can use small oranges instead. Also, if you don’t have chocolate chips to make the ghost bananas, don’t worry! You can use cheerios (or any other loop cereal) to make the eyes and mouth.

    Darkly Delicious Apples

    (by Brianna Steinhilber, modified by Cassandra Johnson)

    Makes: 4 chocolate covered apples
    You’ll need:

    • 4 small apples
    • Wooden sticks (or wooden skewers)
    • 1 cup dark-chocolate chips
    • Parchment paper or wax paper


    1. Wash the apples. Remove the apple stems.
    2. For each apples, insert a stick into the top of the apple.
    3. Melt the dark chocolate chips in a double boiler*. Before dipping the apples into the chocolate, make sure the apples are completely dry or the chocolate will not stick to the apples. If needed, pat the apples with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
    4. When the chocolate has melted, hold the apple by the stick and slowly rotate each apple until all sides are covered in chocolate.
    5. Place on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper and set in the fridge to cool.

    *If you don’t have a double boiler, here are some other options:

    1) Fill a small pot one-third of the way with water and let water simmer on low heat. Place a metal bowl inside of pot so that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Add the chocolate chips to the metal bowl and let the heat from the simmering water melt the chocolate.

    2) Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on a reduced power for a few minutes at a time. Stir the chocolate chips. Heat up for a few more minutes. Repeat the heating and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

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